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Fire-safe cigarette bill heads to governor

State Senate approved measure to require sale of the cigarettes that could prevent fires

A bill that would create fire-safe cigarettes has been approved by the state Senate and is on its way to Gov. Ted Kulongoski's desk.

The Senate passed House Bill 2163 Thursday. The bill requires the sale of fire-safe cigarettes in Oregon, which are considered safer because of an ability to self-extinguish, reducing the chance of fire.

Fire-safe cigarettes use a different design in the wrapping paper that results in the cigarette extinguishing itself when left unattended. Regular cigarettes continue to burn when left unattended.

Fire-safe cigarette laws have been passed in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, New Jersey, Utah and most recently, Kentucky.

It is also law nationwide in Canada.

More than 700 people across the nation die each year from smoking-related residential fires.